Boxing: Take it for granted – Stafford ace will be a champ
GRANT Cunningham has been told he can be Stafford's next champion after extending his unbeaten record.
Cunningham made it six wins out of six with a four-round points win over Dan Blackwell at Burton Town Hall that put a smile on manager Errol Johnson's face.
Johnson, who revealed Cunningham will now box on his show at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, November 24, said: "That was the best Grant has boxed so far.
"He will definitely win the Midlands Area middleweight title next year and if he keeps learning and improving, hopefully he can go on to achieve more
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"There's still work to be done. Grant needs to sit down on his punches a bit more, but he showed he can box to instructions against Blackwell."
Johnson asked for Cunningham to box behind his jab – and the 28-year-old soon got his lead punch working.
He knocked Blackwell onto his heels with a clean left hook late in the opening round – and upped the pace in the second.
Cunningham put his punches together in fast-fisted flurries and sent Blackwell back to his corner at the end of the third with blood dripping from his nose after connecting with a couple of right-hand wallops.
Cunningham got behind his jab again in the last and kept his defences tight to block and slip Blackwell's replies as he desperately tried to wipe out the points deficit.
Referee Rob Chalmers awarded Cunningham every round for a 40-36 points decision on a show to raise funds for injured boxer Jonjo Finnegan.